Changes are coming to BorrowDirect

Improving service for borrowing from our partner libraries

UPDATED August 23, 2022

nullBorrowDirect, the service that allows MIT faculty, students, and staff to borrow materials from 12 partner institutions, is migrating to a new technology platform this summer. The new platform, known as ReShare Returnables, will allow us to improve service using the latest library technology.

Why the change?
Because ReShare is open source, we’ll have more opportunities to customize the service as our needs change, and we’ll be able to adapt to new technologies more quickly. The new platform is also owned and governed by a community of libraries and developers, promoting collaboration across libraries and institutions and creating more opportunities for future functionality.

When will it happen?
The exact date is not yet finalized, but we expect that the transition will happen in early fall.

What will be different?

  • A new and improved search interface, which will make it easier for users to discover and request materials in the collective collections of our Ivy Plus Libraries Confederation partner institutions.
  • A new request portal, which will provide real-time availability at both the time of request and the time of fulfillment, to get materials in the hands of users faster.

What will be the same?

  • Borrowing materials from any of our partner libraries will be convenient, with delivery to any one of five MIT Libraries locations for pickup.
  • Loans made through the new system will check out to users for 120 days.

What do you need to do?

  • Keep requesting materials you need. Until the transition is made to the new platform, we will be routing all borrowing requests for books through our interlibrary borrowing service. The same collections from the same Ivy Plus schools will still be available for you.
  • Check Your Account for the due date of items currently checked out to you. To help ensure we have cleared as many requests as possible before we lose access to the current system, some due dates may be abbreviated. If you need more time with these items you can:
  • Get help exporting your request history if you are interested in keeping it. See our directions here or ask library staff (ilb-lib@mit.edu) for help downloading this information. This information cannot be moved into the new system, and the end of September, it will no longer be available.
  • Be on the lookout for more updates, including guides on how to use ReShare Returnables, as the go-live date gets closer.

Questions? Contact us!
One thing that won’t change: MIT Libraries staff will be here to answer your questions and help make this transition as smooth as possible. Please don’t hesitate to contact us at ilb-lib@mit.edu.